|The pictures below show larger views of the ©1946 Stephens Toy Auto Magic Picture Gun with (15) Film Strips in this lot. The projector gun is not dated, but all of the film boxes are dated ©1946. We do not have the original box that the gun set came in. All that is included is pictured below. There is the working film projector gun, (15) films, and (5) film boxes. We do not know how many films originally came in each box. When this lot was found there were three in each of the boxes.|
This post World War II toy metal gun looks like a cap gun, but it is not. It opens to install two AA batteries in the grip area, and a loop filmstrip at the top. There is a light bulb inside that shines through the film and out the magnifying lens at the end of the gun barrel. You can also focus the lens by pulling it in or out. You would project the film frames on about any smooth surface. To advance the film strip you pull the trigger and it advances inside with slots on the film. We have carefully tested it. With only a little practice is does work fine.
There are (5) film boxes that are included. Each of these picture four film frames on the box with a Cowboy on a horse, a black man with an umbrella, a squirrel character, and a U.S. Navy battleship with an airplane. The ends have a space to write titles and titles are written on them. The boxes are marked on the sides as follows:
AUTO MAGIC FILMS
REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.
FOR THE AUTO MAGIC PICTURE GUN
MADE IN U.S.A.
MANY SUBJECTS AVAILABLE - ASK YOUR DEALER
STEPHENS PRODUCTS DIVISION
700 JAMAICA AVE., BROOKLYN 8, N.Y.
Included are (15) of the original 16 mm black & white film strips. We do not know how many different titles were made for the picture gun. The last frame of each filmstrip advertises for more films. Included here, in no particular order are the following titles:
SHIPS OF ALL SEAS
A DAY ON THE RANCH
TREASURE ISLAND BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
WILD ANIMALS - SERIES NO. ONE
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
SKEEZIX SQUIRREL #2
ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP
THE GINGERBREAD BOY
RIP VAN WINKLE AND THE DWARFS
''THE WOLF AND THE KID'' AND OTHER FABLES
PUSS IN BOOTS
THREE LITTLE PIGS
THE LITTLE RED HEN
To judge the sizes the Auto Magic Picture Gun measures 5-7/8'' x 3-1/2'' x 7/8''. Over all this lot appears to be in excellent working condition. The gun only has light wear from use as pictured. Only one of the filmstrips has separated (top right in the first two pictures below). The cardboard boxes have some light wear. There are a couple loose (included) and a couple missing end flaps on the film boxes.